World Weavers programs are designed to provide opportunities for those that seek a deep spiritual connection, to access ancient culture and traditions.
World Weavers first began 10 years ago, in Thailand in 2008, with the Monk for a Month program. The program provided a rare opportunity for immersion into authentic culture and traditions that were highly sought after at the time. Over the years the thirst for these type of experiences have increased significantly with ‘spiritual or cultural’ tourism now one of the most rapidly growing markets within the tourism industry.
Part of the initial package appeal was that travellers were able to gain a true insider’s perspective and insight into the lives of those dedicated to spirituality; thus demystifying the ancient traditions and making them accessible and easily integrated into people’s daily lives.
The founding principles still remain within World Weavers today and for this reason all tours are built upon an offering of authentic cultural and spiritual experiences. This model encourages personal evolution through spiritual growth; thus enabling deeper connection to occur between people and a natural integration and absorption of the teachings.
We are excited about dialogue and cooperation between cultures. We encourage all peace building initiatives that strive to bring people closer together.
We believe in the power of people. We believe in the power of great ideas in service to worthy ideals. We want others to see that change is possible; that we can engage reality to change “the way things are”. We want to develop ourselves as we develop the world – and have a marvelous adventure in the process.
We’re excited to be building a better world together, one thread at a time. We hope you’ll join us.
We aim to create environments where people from different parts of the world can come together and deeply appreciate our diversity on an individual level and on a cultural and international scale.
Through coming together, we seek to create an environment in which we can inspire one another to bring out the best of ourselves.
We seek to engage in the world in a positive way. We encourage people to identify steps they could take in their own lives, in the life of their family and communities to work for positive transformation through engaging in life-giving activities.
Development is the natural next step in the process of uniting, inspiring and engaging. Through our programs, we inspire people to creative positive changes, be it on an individual, local or global scale.
Through making spiritual experiences accessible to individuals, World Weavers paves the way for people to come together as one human family beyond the boundaries of race and religion.
CEO and Founder
Ben Bowler is a serial entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. In 2006 he and his wife Jildou moved to Thailand to volunteer along the Thai-Burma border. In 2008 together they founded Blood Foundation, a local NGO focusing on education projects along the border and advocacy. In 2008 Ben founded the innovative Monk for a Month temple-stay program in Chiang Mai province offering men and women from around the world the opportunity to experience Thai temple life and temporary ordination. In 2010 Ben launched Muslim for a Month in Turkey offering guests first-hand experience of Turkish Islam and Sufism, underneath the spiritually inclusive banner of Rumi. In 2011 Ben launched World Weavers, a brand that today operates spiritual immersion programs in Tibetan India, Nepal, Cambodia and Ethiopia. In October 2015 at the Parliament of World’ Religions Ben launched 1GOD.com, an online platform aimed at countering religious fundamentalism, relativism and western materialism.
Ben is a Social-Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the prestigious INSEAD business School and a blogger for the Huffington Post. In his spare time he sells the world’s best cookware and enjoys playing cricket with his two young children.
Web Development Consultant
Eden Brownlee runs a Web Development Agency and helps World Weavers with everything Web. He has successfully runs 2 of his own companies focussed on Web Development & Online Marketing and a Retail Clothing Company. His latest endeavour is OZKILTS, a fully trademarked Clothing Company that sells modern Kilts for men.
He is a Certified Digital Marketer having completed numerous advanced Marketing Courses, with a passion for Spritual Tourism and Humanitarian Aid, and Not for Profit projects that engage and inspire others to help make the world a better place.
Professor Darrol Bryant
M. Darrol Bryant is the Director of the Centre for Dialogue and Spirituality in the World Religions. Educated at Concordia College, Harvard Divinity School and the University of St. Michael’s College (Toronto), he has edited/authored more than 25 volumes including “Religion in a New Key” and “Muslim Christian Dialogue.” He has been involved in interfaith dialogue since the mid-1970s. A sabbatical with his family in India transformed his approach to the religious pathways of Hinduism, Islam, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Sikh traditions, and travels in China changed his approach to Confucian, Daoist and Chinese Buddhist Ways. The dialogue of the intercultural and interreligious world remains his passion. He received the Huston Smith Interfaith Educator of the Year Award in 2011.
He is currently the North American Director of the India Mystic Express Journeys and the U Day Interspiritual Music Festivals as well as the 1God.com Interspiritual Online Education Academy. Also, he is Director of Eco-Ministry, Forum 21; event coordinator, The Interspiritual Network; and editor, “Steering Toward the Omega Point: Roundtables 2 and 3: Discussions of Altruism, Evolution, and Spirituality.” In the 80’s he was the Director of an organization that hosted many major international, interfaith, ecumenical conferences. Also, he was the Director of a medium sized publishing company in NYC. As well, he has been teaching Meditation, Intuitive Development and Hermetic and Perennial Wisdom teachings for nearly 30 years. The primary focus of his work has been to help people experience the still, small voice within or as he prefers to call it: “The Embrace.”
He is the author of six books on Meditation and Intuition and three Meditation CDs.
Technical & Web Administrator
Derek coordinates and runs many of the technical components.
As with many of WORLD WEAVERS’s core team members, Derek is a man with many hats. He also runs a website and marketing automation business and divides his spare time between family, teaching and practicing Aikido, and serving as co-founder of the Perth Urantia Book Study Group.
Highlights of Derek’s career include serving with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, and participating in the 2001 World Games for Aikido. He has a website at DerekGrimm.com
Project & Development Manager
Adam Collett is a creative strategist, designer and event producer devoted to empowering communities around the world by combining emerging models and technologies with a deep respect for the culture of local people and places.
Inspired by his mother’s stories from the 1969 Woodstock Festival, Adam has been on a lifelong pursuit to inspire change through transformative events and community initiatives that have the power to deliver tangible outcomes on a local and global scale.
Logistic and Communications Manager
Irina spent over 15 years in fast-paced roles such as Rehabilitation Officer, Corporate Counsellor and Executive Assistant, and has two years of private practice counselling experience with a focus on couples counselling and women suffering abuse trauma.
In 2014, Irina hung her designer suits in the back of her wardrobe and replaced them with Yoga Pants! Her passion for yoga became her career. As well as running her own classes, she collaborates with physiotherapists, chiropractors, wellness and fitness centres. Implementing her skills of counselling and business management alongside yoga, she successfully runs yoga retreats for relaxation and rejuvenation of both, body and mind.
Irina holds a Yoga Teacher Diploma (HH Dip. Y.T.), Diploma in Professional Counselling and Cert IV in Training and Assessment.
Rajiv started his travels around the world a decade ago and found himself on the door steps of this very same program, learning and living among the monks. He took what he learned in Thailand and brought that knowledge out to the world.
Since his time in Fang at the temple, Rajiv has travelled the world and been a part of almost all the World Weavers programs, and currently advises on future programs. He has spent the last decade also studying with different masters and gurus, working in the personal development space alongside Anthony Robbins and was also trained as a Peak Performance Coach by Robbins Research International.
Maureen is originally from France and has now been residing in Australia for over five years. She has always enjoyed travelling, and in 2013, her taste for adventure prompted her to embark on an open-ended Australian/Asia Pacific trip. It is this nearly four year journey, two years travel and two years pursuing a Masters in International Sustainable Tourism which made her realise the significant impacts of tourism on both the travellers and local communities. Maureen looks to promote cultural acceptance and an appreciation for our natural environment.